21 12, 2013


By |December 21st, 2013|Character of the cross-examiiner, Concession-Seeking Cross, Demeanor of Cross-Examiner, Lincoln|1 Comment

The centerpiece of the legend of the Almanac Trial is Lincoln’s cross-examination of the eyewitness to the killing. Was he really a good cross-examiner? Frederick Trevor Hill, who wrote the first book about Lincoln’s law practice seems to have thought so. Hill said:  Cross-examination makes greater demands upon a lawyer than any other phase of trial [...]

12 05, 2013


By |May 12th, 2013|Character of the cross-examiiner, Control the Witness, Impeachment|0 Comments

Through a Law Student’s EyesNo matter how much you stress certain principles of cross-examination in a law school trial advocacy class, the lessons don’t stick the way seeing them come live in a courtroom does. Students in my semester-long Comprehensive Trial Advocacy course go to court, watch a day of trial and write a report [...]

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